No point asking UK Government for ‘more devolution’, Labour MS suggests
A Labour MS has suggested that there isn’t point in asking the UK Government for “more devolution”.
Jenny Rathbone, who represents Cardiff Central, said the Tory government in Westminster is “hates devolution”, and is “absolutely not interested” in transferring more power to the Senedd.
During a debate on tacking the climate crisis, she said the UK Government is “doing everything possible to claw it back from us”, and that it is using Brexit as an “opportunity to do it”.
The Welsh Government’s Counsel General Mick Antoniw was recently rebuffed by the UK Government after he asked for power over justice to be devolved to Wales.
He said the refusal to devolve justice was “hugely disappointing” and described it as a “political trick which has little to do with the best administration of the justice system and the wellbeing of the Welsh people.”
In the Senedd, Jenny Rathbone said: “We are in danger of being paralysed by the extent of the challenge in front of us, but, really, it is no use wringing our hands in despair; we really do have to grasp the moment, and we all have a part to play.
“But I really don’t think it’s much use throwing darts at the UK Government to ask them for more devolution, because they are absolutely not interested.
“They hate devolution and they are doing everything possible to claw it back from us, using leaving the European Union as the opportunity to do it.
‘Not a penny less’
She added: “‘Not a penny less’ we were told would happen as a result of Brexit – that went well; £137 million less from the rural development programme and the hijacking of all the structural funds into their so-called shared prosperity fund.
“‘Take back control’ didn’t mean empowering local communities, just more power for the mega rich, who are now buying their influence over the UK Government ruling party.
“So, let’s forget what the UK Government isn’t going to do for us; we know that.”